Volunteer group win national awards

The Group 199 volunteer group, which won two national awards
The Group 199 volunteer group, which won two national awards

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A group of Portsmouth 
volunteers who refurbished an ex-naval steam pinnace have won two national awards for their efforts.

Group 199, pictured left, are National Museum of the Royal Navy volunteers who operate and maintain Steam Pinnace 199 – a 1912 50ft, ex-naval steam pinnace or picket boat.

They started the project in 2012, which involved raising some £120,000 including £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund and £30,000 from the Friends of the Museum.

At the National Historic Ships annual award ceremony on board HQS Wellington recently, 
Group 199 won the Marsh 
Award for Historic Vessel Conservation.

A few hours later at the Institute of Conservation annual awards, it picked up the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for Volunteering in the Conservation of an Industrial Heritage Artefact.

Judges praised the outstanding outreach potential, high aesthetic appeal of the project and the opportunity to sustain traditional skills.

At least 12,000 hours of work was required to complete the mammoth project.